(NEW YORK) -- Sarah Shourd, the American hiker recently released from Iran after nearly 14 months of detention, says she met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Friday to plead for the release of fellow hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, who are still in Iranian custody.
"For me to talk to the president [is] something I prayed for while in prison," Shourd told ABC News outside a New York hotel. "I just want to thank Mr. Ahmadinejad for this gesture of allowing my mother and I to meet with him and for the mothers of Shane and Josh. It was a very gracious gesture and a good meeting."
Shourd did not reveal where she and the others met with the Iranian president, though she said Ahmadinejad seemed much friendlier than his public personna during "a very human encounter, very personal."
"I'm just going to keep pushing every minute for their release on humanitarian grounds," Shourd said. "I feel my case sets a precedent for their release."
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